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World Aids Day 2015 #RETHINKHIV

by Kazeem Olalekan

Today marks another landmark in the battle to combat and defeat the HIV. The theme for World Aids Day 2015 is “Getting to zero – ending AIDS by 2030” (link). This is an aspiration we all share especially with 37 million people living with HIV in 2014.

The following are key messages to get us closer to that target:

  • All people living with HIV should start antiretroviral treatment as soon as they are diagnosed. Almost 16 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy in 2015
  • We need to diagnose more people. Only 54% people with HIV are aware of their infection.
  • Tap into best practice. Eliminate the risk of vertical transmission.
  • Strong political leadership.

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